Thursday, October 28, 2010

Where is the Outrage?

Where is the Outrage that those whose policies and actions were most responsible for America’s worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, have spent the past 20 months blocking virtually every job creation bill, business development bill, and economic stimulus bill intended to speed The Recovery?

Where is the Outrage that they repeatedly said: “No”, “No”, “No” – while over 10,000,000 Americans lost their homes, their jobs, their life savings?

Where is the Outrage that they chose to spend their time trying to make America’s President fail, instead of spending their time trying to make America succeed?

Where is the Outrage that instead of using their influence to help Americans get out from beneath the crushing weight of the economic collapse, they used it to block The Recovery – for fear that a recovery credited to the Democrats would spell political devastation for the Republican Party for years to come?

Where is the Outrage that they deliberately lied, distorted the truth and misrepresented the facts on issue after issue – for the benefit of their own political interests – and the detriment of ordinary Americans?

Where is the Outrage that their leaders promoted fear . . . anger . . . hatred . . . and divisiveness – instead of offering solutions?

 Where is the Outrage that in a time of severe economic crisis for the American people, they decided that it was better to rip this country in two – turning neighbor against neighbor; sister against brother; American against American – rather than bring us together?

Where is the Outrage that they played politics with people’s lives?

Unlike their attempts to hijack public forums by encouraging followers to shout, scream and brandish weapons to intimidate those with opposing viewpoints – there is only one suitable way for you and I to express OUR outrage – and that’s at the voting booth on Tuesday, November 2nd.

Tell them how outraged you are that they chose to ignore the pleas and cries of their fellow Americans in order to further their own political goals.

Tell them with your vote.

Pass it on . . .

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


For anyone who still believes the claim that Republican obstructionism these past 2 years has been based solely on “fundamental, philosophical differences” – that lie was put to rest this week when Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell stated that, after next Tuesday’s mid-term elections “the single most important thing (Republicans) want to achieve is for Obama to be a one-term President”.

Doesn't it strike you as odd that McConnell did NOT say the Republicans top goal was to “fix the economy” or “help hard-working Americans get back on their feet” or even “create an environment that’s conducive to creating good, new jobs for American workers”?

I'm not making this up. Here’s the news link:,0,4005860.story

Perhaps this explains why they blocked virtually every job creation bill, every business development bill, and every stimulus bill since Obama’s election. If that sounds like partisan blabber to you, just Google the terms “GOP blocks” or “Republicans block” and read what comes up on your screen. Or click here for direct links to 31 Bills Republicans have blocked in 2010:
After spending the past 2 years doing everything in their power to “make Obama fail”, their new goal for the next 2 years is to “make sure Obama is a one-term President.”

That may make for good (or typical) politics, but what about you and me and 308 million other Americans? Can we afford to wait until the Republicans place another Republican President into the White House before they start doing what is best for us – instead of what is best for them?

There is little argument that it was primarily their policies and actions during the preceding 8 years that led to the greatest economic collapse this country has seen since the Great Depression.

And yet they repeatedly said “No”, “No”, “No” as over 10,000,000 Americans lost their jobs, their homes and their life savings.

Exactly whose best interests are they representing?

Yours? Mine?

It’s time to read between the lines.

Next Tuesday, you get to decide the future of this country for, at least, the next 2 years. Either we have 2 more years of Republican obstructionism and legislative gridlock . . . or . . . we allow President Obama to continue his plan to create jobs and restore the American economy.

You may not like the choice, and it’s yours to make – but one is guaranteed to be a continuation of the last 2 years. The other at least provides hope.

Please vote.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Republican TV ad instructs Spanish-speaking Americans NOT to vote

A new television ad created by Republican Political Consultant (Robert DePosada) under the banner of a group calling itself "Latinos for Reform" urges all Spanish-speaking Americans NOT to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections.

It informs viewers that the "only way to send a clear message to Washington is . . . DON'T VOTE"

Okay, so over the past few weeks we're beginning to get a clearer picture of who the Republicans want to take "their country" back from:







Gays and Lesbians

Immigrants (legal and otherwise)




the poor

the middle-class

Scientists and researchers

did I miss anyone?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Their Country?

They jeered when America’s President was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

They cheered when he failed to win the 2016 Summer Olympics for Chicago.

They sneered when he spoke to students in Cairo – as you and I, and the rest of the world, stood up and applauded.

They urged Americans to keep their kids out of school on the day America’s first minority President spoke to America’s schoolchildren, telling them that if they worked and studied really hard – they, too, could achieve their dreams.

They claimed he was not an American citizen.

They said he was a racist.

They said he was a terrorist – that he wanted to defeat America and turn her over to her enemies.

They said he wanted to kill your grandmother.  And kill babies, too.

They said he was a Socialist, or the second coming of Adolph Hitler.

They vowed to do everything in their power to make America’s President fail.

And do you know what they’re saying now?

They’re saying they want “their country” back.

They played politics while Americans suffered.

They repeatedly said “No”, “No”, “No” while tens of millions of Americans lost their homes, their jobs, their life savings.

They promoted fear . . . and anger . . . and lies . . . and hatred.

They call themselves the “Real” Americans. The “True” Patriots. Loyalists.

What do you suppose they call you and me?

And at this very moment, they are making plans to take “their country” back.

They pretend it wasn’t their party who failed to prevent the financial collapse in 2008 – the one that tanked our economy and took over 8,000,000 jobs away from American workers and cost nearly 2,000,000 Americans their homes.

They pretend that it wasn’t them who led America into a $740-billion dollar war with Iraq, based entirely on false pretenses.

They pretend it wasn’t them who ran up a $4.9 trillion dollar budget deficit during the 8 Bush/Cheney years.

And they are demanding that you and I give them “their country” back.

They behaved as if President Obama’s election was an error – instead of a mandate.

They believed the majority of voters who overwhelmingly demanded change from 8 years of Bush-Cheney-Republican policies were disloyal and unpatriotic.  And since the election, they’ve done everything in their power to prevent change by blocking nearly every one of President Obama’s stimulus, job creation, and business development bills.

They say they are obstructing the President – trying to make him fail – for your sake, not for theirs.

Do you really believe them?

They have lied, obstructed, distorted – and repeatedly put the interests of their own political party ahead of the interests of American citizens.

In a time of severe economic crisis for the American people, they’ve decided that it is better to rip this country in two – turning neighbor against neighbor; sister against brother; American against American – rather than to bring us together.  And they’ve done it for no other reason than that it helps their political prospects and helps raise money for their political party.

And, as you are reading this letter, they are gathering to take “their country” back.

They talk amongst themselves of requiring “purity tests” for those who would govern our country and our citizens.  And they brand those who disagree with them as “radicals”, “dangerous”, “disloyal”, “unpatriotic” and “un-American.”

They thrive on anger, hatred and divisiveness.  It empowers them.  And it emboldens them.  (And it should scare the living daylights out of all of us who believe in what our forefathers fought and died for.)

And they are already deciding what changes will be made once they get “their country” back.

They vowed to defeat President Obama and anyone who supported him. They vowed to make him meet his “Waterloo”.  And they are still trying.

They gambled that by not participating in solutions – by actually blocking them – they would force the President to fail, and they’d win future votes by prolonging America’s economic crisis and the suffering it has caused – until the next election.

They made the inexcusable political calculation that, under this President, it is more important to obstruct than it is to help ordinary citizens out of America’s worst economic disaster in 75 years.

And on Tuesday, November 2nd, they’re coming to take “their country” back.

Only one question remains:

Will you let them?

Will you let them continue to block every attempt at helping Americans recover from the economic meltdown – the one they helped create – the one that occurred on their watch, well before President Obama was even elected?

Will you let them continue to hold The Recovery hostage until they can install another Republican President in the White House?

Will you let them restore the policies that led to the greatest economic collapse this country has seen since the Great Depression?

Will you let them continue to play politics with people’s lives?

For the Republicans, the upcoming mid-term elections are about one thing, and one thing only – preventing President Obama from bringing the change you and the rest of America voted for.  It’s about making him fail.  And it’s about regaining control of The White House so they can go back to the 8 years of Republican policies that nearly bankrupted this country.

What it’s clearly not about, in their eyes, is you and me and the lives of 308 million other Americans.

If you agree with what they’re saying – with what they’re doing – then you don’t have to do a thing, because on November 2nd they will put a permanent end to the change we all voted for.

But if you think what they’re doing is wrong, then you and I must do everything we can to stop them – and we must act NOWbefore it’s too late.

You and I can stop them, but we don’t have much time.

Here’s what we can – and must – do:

1) We must vote to defeat them, and their obstructionist ways, on Tuesday, November 2nd

2) We must talk with our friends, co-workers, family members and neighbors and ensure they vote

3) We must get the message out to others who may have been caught up in the lies, the fear and the distortion tactics propagated by the Republican Party, The Republican-funded Tea Party and The Republican Media

4) We must volunteer our time; donate where we can; knock on doors; write letters to newspapers; anything and everything we can think of

When President Obama was elected by an overwhelming majority, the message seemed pretty clear – America needed and wanted change.  But the Republican Party apparently didn’t hear that message – or didn’t want to – because they have spent the past 20 months blocking virtually every economic stimulus bill, job-creation bill, and business development bill that crossed their path.  They’ve made it perfectly clear that the only way to get the change America voted for, is to throw the Republican obstructionists out so President Obama can take the steps that are necessary to move the recovery, and America, forward.

And it starts with you and me – and everyone else who voted for change.

As President Obama said not so long ago, “I don’t quit, just because it’s hard”.
We don’t either.


John P. Epstein

P.S. – The Republicans figured that, by working in lock-step to block change, they would break our spirit, crush our convictions, and leave us disillusioned.  It almost worked.  Now we must show them that America will not be held hostage or brought to her knees simply for their own political gain.  And the way to do that is by exposing the Republican Party’s hypocrisy and their self-serving lies, and defeating them in November.  Please get this message out to others – while there is still time – and make certain you vote on Tuesday, November 2nd.  Bring a friend to the polls with you.  If you can, bring a dozen.

If you believe America is YOUR country . . . 
         . . . get involved . . . and vote on Tuesday, November 2nd
PASS IT ON . . .

Saturday, October 9, 2010

31 Bills Republicans Have Blocked in 2010

By the time President Obama was sworn into office in January 2009, America was losing 600,000 jobs a month.  Within 6 months of passing the Economic Stimulus Bill (which was opposed by every single House Republican and all but 3 Senate Republicans), those job losses were reduced by two-thirds. 

That was a good start.

Yet, despite the marked improvement, Republicans continued to block dozens of job creation, business and economic development, and consumer protection bills right through September of 2010, stalling the recovery.

You have every right to ask why.  Did they want Obama to fail due to philosophical differences?  Or was it because, as the ones who were most responsible for the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression, they knew that economic recovery credited to the Democrats would spell political devastation for the Republican Party for years to come?

Why did they choose to spend their time doing everything they could to make the President fail, instead of spending their time trying to make America succeed?

Whose side are they really on?

Here is a partial listing of journalistic news reports from (primarily) mainstream news sources of Bills the Republicans Have Blocked – or attempted to block -- during the past 20 months.  These are the actual article headlines.  I’ve provided several media links to confirm and verify the accuracy of each article.

It’s an eye-opener.


Republican obstructionism . . .  is based on the idea that the failure not just of President Obama but of American society itself is the G.O.P.’s quickest ticket back to power.
Bob Herbert   New York Times   9/10/2010

UPDATE: October 2012
Bob Cesca releases article on Huffington Post reiterating, and expanding upon, much of the above.

Republicans Block Bill to Aid Small Businesses

Republicans Block Unemployment Benefits Extension

Republicans Block Bank-Reform Bill

Republicans Block Campaign Disclosure Bill

Republicans Block Jobs Bill in Senate

GOP Blocks Transparency in Campaign Contributions

Republicans block bill ending tax breaks for US companies sending jobs offshore

Republicans Block Bill to Raise Oil Spill Liability Cap

Republicans Block Wall Street Reform Bill

GOP blocks Senate campaign-finance bill – again

Republicans Block Small Business Lending Bill

Republicans Block Repeal of Military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy

Senate Republicans Block Own Amendments on Health Care Bill

Republicans Block Energy Legislation…Yet Again

G.O.P. Blocks Debate on Financial Oversight Bill

Republicans Kill Measure That Created 240,000 Jobs

Senate Republicans block Dems' effort to pass mine safety bill

GOP Pledges to Block Immigration Reform

Republicans Block Democrats’ Efforts to Hold BP Accountable

Senate Republicans Block Two Bills to Spur Renewable Energy Investment

House Republicans Block Medical Help for 9/11 Heroes

GOP blocks small business bill. Who will get the blame?

GOP Blocks Financial Reform As Millions Lose Homes

GOP Blocks Small Biz Bill

Senate Republicans Kill Renewable Energy and Job Creation Bill

Republicans Block US Senate Committees From Holding Hearings

Senate Republicans Promise To Oppose Tax Cuts If Wealthy Aren't Included

Senate Republicans Kill Job-Creating Tax Cuts

GOP Blocks 20 Judicial Nominees

GOP Blocks Freeze on Credit Card Interest Rate Hikes

How Many Jobs Can Republicans Kill This Week?

Here’s one they’ve decided to support:

GOP has No Problem Extending Tax Cuts for the Rich

Is there any question where their allegiances really lay?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

75 Years Ago . . .

The photo below caught my eye as I was reading today's paper.  The story even more so.  There seems to me to be far too many parallels between what's been happening in this country over the past 2 years, and what happened in 1930-1940 Germany.  Think race.  Think immigration.  Think religion.  It's stories like this that remind me every day that all elections have consequences.

Nazi Artifacts up for Auction

          Anti-Semitic German currency note circa 1930-1940

There’s a lot to be said for the adage: “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.” It applies to everyone from educators to the military. Make a mistake, remember it and avoid it in the future. It’s a seemingly simple principle that is all too often forgotten.

I'd have to believe no one is more acutely aware of that than today’s Jews. For them, the Germany of the 1930s and ’40s is just as recent today as it was half a century ago. Then, entire nations were politically lulled into the belief that the “state” would protect them and knew what was best. That evolved into a carefully orchestrated fear of Jews, eventual hate mongering and, of course, the Holocaust.

I say “of course” because global knowledge of the planned mass extermination of an entire religion is all but a given. Sadly, some refuse to accept or acknowledge reality. They can deny it ad infinitum, but they're overlooking one indisputable fact — evidence.

The one thing the German government, and especially the Nazis, was extraordinarily good at was record keeping. Documentation of virtually everything was a given, so much so that toward the end of the war, it was humanly impossible to even make a dent in destroying papers and proof of atrocities.

Because of that evidence, Germans continue to live with reminders of their actions virtually everywhere. Many uniforms and memorabilia of that era still exist in Europe, including coins and currency from the days of Hitler. But what those artifacts represent is a very sensitive subject. At collectible shows in Germany, no swastikas can be visible. Even small coins or currency have those symbols covered when on display.

Not so in the United States. Most any Nazi-era item can be displayed, traded or sold. At many gun or knife shows, you'll regularly see German pistols or bayonets. Sometimes, even the occasional Nazi military medal is offered. What’s rarely seen are the derisive and disturbing items that go to the heart of Nazi intent — reminders of the actual exterminations.

That’s often where David Kols, president of Regency-Superior Auctions, comes in. With some frequency, his auctions include a large selection of rare stamps, coins and autographs. Additionally, they include a variety of objects relating to the Holocaust.

Exactly what Judaica items may be contained is always different. That’s understandable considering that each is not only unique, but it often was connected to just one individual. Each is equally disturbing in its own way and always offers its own personal history lesson.

In an upcoming auction to be held on Oct. 2 in Beverly Hills, Calif., the Regency/Superior sale will include roughly 60 items that lay bare the deep impact that the Nazi master plan had for the world. Among these are anti-Semitic postcards that depict Jews as the scourge of Europe and the cause of so many problems. Speaking directly to the dire situation that had been created, there are other materials like government documents denoting specific people as Jews, signs proclaiming establishments as owned by Jews, signs denoting that a certain area is “Jew Free,” and Nazi passes that allowed limited travel for work outside of Jewish ghettos.

Two lots in the auction reflect the obvious terror of the time. One contains two pieces of German inflation currency overprinted with a derogatory cartoon of a Jew, and the copy suggests that they were the root of Germany’s monetary crisis. These were used to spur even moderates to distrust and eventually disdain Jews — allowing little public resistance to their annihilation.

The second lot is three innocent-looking metal tags. Each tag clips together with an attached piece of metal that contains two Jewish stars. The tags were actually luggage clips that were affixed to the bags of Jews being shipped to concentration camps. The intent was to reassure those being sent to their deaths that they were merely being resettled and would get their bags back upon arrival at their new home. In fact, the bags were then confiscated, opened and all property was taken.

As I said, the items are both disturbing and historic. I asked Kols, who is a Jew, about that once. He explained that most of the artifacts are purchased by Holocaust museums that display them. Their intent is to educate and remind all who see them that the evidence of what happened is all too real. More importantly, if it is forgotten, it can happen again. As Jews now say, “Never again.”

For more information, call 800-782-0066 or log onto Internet bidding will be available on the day of the sale.

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